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Soil Conservation Act 1938; Western Lands Act 1901; Crown Lands (Continued Tenures) Act 1989; and the Forestry Act 1916. In addition, State Environmental Planning Policy No 46 - Protection and Management of Native Vegetation was repealed.

The core of the Native Vegetation Conservation Act 1997 was the regional vegetation management plan. The plan provided specifications as to what clearing was allowed in a region. Where clearing was allowed for in the plan, no development consent for that clearing was required. Any clearing outside the specifications of the plan, or where a plan was not yet in place, required assessment and development consent from the Minister for Land and Water Conservation under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. On the 4 September 1998 the Minister for Land and Water Conservation Hon Richard Amery MP launched the State’s first draft native vegetation plan, for the Mid Lachlan region. 2

Calendar

Received

Processed

Approved

Withdrawn

Rejected

Refused

Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 (June)

478 805 662 548 502 522 287

434 760 594 578 530 547 308

360 714 523 457 488 494 287

52 23 42 64 20 30 12

9 23 6 6 2 2 6

13 8 24 52 20 21 3

Under the Native Vegetation and Conservation Act 1997, the following native vegetation application and outcomes were recorded:

Table 1: Native Vegetation Clearing Applications and Outcomes

Total 3804 3751 3323 242 53 Source: NSW Government, Draft Native Vegetation Regulation 2004. Statement, 2004, at 4.

140 Regulatory Impact

The area approved for clearing is shown in Table 2:

Table 2: Area Approved for Clearing (ha)

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

ha/yr average

104,81

0 276,996

75,307

174,681

100,489

133,876 84,878

86,158 44,951 128,024

74,459

90,786 57,753

59,365 38,470 87,818

Applications for clearing Area approved

Source: NSW Government, Draft Native Vegetation Regulation 2004. Regulatory Impact Statement, 2004, at 5. NB: The method of recording clearing can exaggerate clearing impacts on

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Media Release, “Amery Launches first draft Native Vegetation Plan.” Hon Richard Amery MP, Minister for Land and Water Conservation, 4 September 1998.

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